Surprising UK election outcome – people want to organize

Fort Lauderdale         The voters came out from under the rocks and jumped over the hedgerows to vote for the Conservatives behind weird and wacky Boris Johnson in the recent snap election in Britain.  Labour took a…

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The tragedy of the UAW: When boss culture replaces member culture

Ponce, Puerto Rico     At the end of every year we are inundated with the best of this and the top ten of that in music, movies, books, sports, tech, politics, and, well, I guess, almost everywhere. …

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Rathke: warehouse and distribution work, tough times at the choke points

New Orleans        In the modern economy, warehouse, distribution, and logistical work has become critical for both big box stores, e-commerce, and transportation systems moving goods between all of these nodes and customers.  Some 1.2 million…

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Rathke: Google decides to “do evil” to its workers

New Orleans      Remember back in the old days, which might have only been a few years ago, but certainly seems so twentieth century now, when it seemed OK that Google was the go-to search engine…

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Rathke: When political parties lose control, welcome to crisis

New Orleans   Big ideas and popular demands move political parties, pro or con.  Politicians have to put their fingers in the air and see how the wind is blowing, especially if they lack core principles and…

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Rathke: National Labor Relations Board twists the knife in the heart of unions and workers

New Orleans    It may be hard to remember, but the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is supposed to ensure the right of workers to organize and safeguard the stated public policy expounded in the National…

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Rathke: The predatory fight to keep workers temporary and “independent”

Little Rock      Once upon a time we might have been able to look at the Department of Labor to lead the way in drawing the bright lines that establish whether a worker is an employee or…

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Workers at APM Terminals on Pier 400 in the Port of Los Angeles were among International Longshore and Warehouse members paying tribute to George Floyd Tuesday, June 9, on the day he was laid to rest. (Photo: Robin Doyno via ILWU)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Labor News Workers

Longshoremen shut down West Coast ports for Juneteenth: ‘The loudest voice we have’

  “A movement requires sacrifice, and that’s what we’re doing as longshoremen.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Juneteenth — Friday, June 19, 2020 Longshoremen and women across the West Coast are set to use “the loudest…

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Posted in Columns Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Pandemic privacy and discrimination

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Businesses are madly lobbying Congress for liability protection from lawsuits by their workers. They are clear that they want their staff to return to work, but they do not want…

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People face off with police near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct. People gathered at Chicago Ave. and East 38th Street during a rally in Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Photo: Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune)
Posted in Common Dreams Justice Labor News Policing

Nearly 200 Academics, Lawmakers, and Activists Demand AFL-CIO Expel Police Unions

‘These Unions Dishonor the Labor Movement’ “The AFL-CIO cannot stand for criminal justice reform, while at the same time allowing police unions to use your power to impede reform.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, June…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Care Labor News Pro Publica

Healthcare workers getting sick across US. 31,000 and counting

A lobbying campaign driven by scarcity pushed the CDC to relax protective gear guidelines. Now tens of thousands of health workers are infected.   By Jennifer Gollan and Elizabeth Shogren May 11, 2020 Rick Lucas’ cellphone chimed, alerting him…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy Labor News

Trump Says He’s Aiming to shield corporations from legal liability for workers who contract Covid-19 on the job

“Businesses are asking for the right to expose their workers to fatal risks with no consequences. It’s bad economics and bad policy.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, April 21 President Donald Trump said during a…

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Posted in Coronavirus Labor News Public Health

Postal Workers say USPS isn’t telling them when colleagues test positive for COVID-19, despite promising to

The CDC says people who have been exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine. Many postal workers say they have no way of knowing if that’s them. by Maryam Jameel April 14, 10:40 a.m. EDT The U.S. Postal…

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Posted in Coronavirus Labor News Public Health

Nurses Send Petition to Congress Demanding Immediate Protections

Quarter of a Million People Sign Petition to Congress; Nurses Union Demands OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard to Protect Workers Monday, March 23, 2020 ational Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses, sent a petition to…

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Posted in Coronavirus Labor News Pro Publica

Letter Carriers Say the Postal Service Pressured Them to Deliver Mail Despite Coronavirus Symptoms — and Often Without Hand Sanitizer

Experts say coronavirus could be transferred through mail delivery by sick employees. Postal workers say USPS isn’t doing much to keep them or their customers safe. by Maryam Jameel March 18, 4:50 p.m. EDT Postal carriers…

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Posted in Coronavirus Immigration Labor News Public Health Reveal

How federal agencies put immigrants and immigration workers at risk amid coronavirus

By Patrick Michels, Laura C. Morel and Aura Bogado / March 17, 2020 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus economic justice Labor Labor News Public Health Safety Net Sick Leave

Jeff Bezos, Whole Foods wants workers to pay for colleagues’ sick leave during coronavirus pandemic

“Absolute bullshit. With the amount Jeff Bezos makes in one day, he could shut stores down and pay employees to stay safe.” by Jon Queally, staff writer   When progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders say “now…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Health Care Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Frontline care workers are undervalued

New Orleans   In the “time of the virus,” I talked to Jackie Dartz, a member of the Local 100 United Labor Unions executive board and longtime steward at LARC, the Lafayette Association of Retarded Citizens,…

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Louisiana case study of delivery app scams

New Orleans A funny thing happened to platform capitalism and its predatory business model in Louisiana of all places making the experience there a case in point. Being Louisiana, the fact that somehow booze triggered the…

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Posted in Citizen Wealth Columns economic justice Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

App delivery as part of the “Care” industry

New Orleans    I’m scratching my head trying to figure out what kind of sand platform applications around food delivery are built on. The workers are hardly paid, precarious and unhappy. The restaurants are complaining and…

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Posted in Columns Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Transportation

Delivery driver unions and resistance are growing

New Orleans       Traveling in other cities both in the United States and around the world, it sometimes seems like food delivery workers are everywhere on either scooters or bicycles.  The soft box on their backs…

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Posted in economic justice Labor Minimum wage News Wages

In Flagstaff minimum wage increased to $13 per hour. If you can get it, and keep it.

Flagstaff    The beginning of 2020 was historic for workers in 47 states, cities, and counties, including Arizona and Flagstaff, as minimum wage inched upward. Across Arizona the Minimum wage increased to $12.00 per hour from…

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Posted in Business economic justice Economy Labor Off the wire Politics Wages

Raising the minimum wage in restaurants could be a win for everyone

Nicole Hallett, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Critics would have you believe that upping the minimum wage in restaurants will lead to massive layoffs and closures. But since raising the minimum wage…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Economy Environment Labor Labor News Off the wire Politics Wages Working Class

Over 60 green groups call on House Dems to pass sweeping worker rights-boosting PRO Act

“There is no way to build a greener, more inclusive economy without strong, thriving labor unions.” By Andrea Germanos, staff writer, CommonDreams.org Over 60 environmental groups on Wednesday urged Democratic lawmakers to support the sweeping pro-union…

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